September 23rd, 2020 ~ Vol. 90 No. 38
Meet your two candidates for the upcoming by-election
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Oliver Strickland and Glen Girhiny
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
Oliver Strickland and Glen Girhiny have put their names forward for the upcoming by-election scheduled for October 26th, 2020.

Here are there responses to questions regarding their decision to run in the election, their qualifications and their thoughts on harder community topics.

Why did you choose to run in the by-election?

Oliver Strickland: The Crowsnest Pass is on the verge of changing and it's going to change real quick. I just feel that I can help Council now and Administration with some of my ideas and thoughts. I am connected with a developer, I'm a realtor here in the Crowsnest Pass; being the chair of the EDC (Economic Development Committee) I'm well in tune to what Council's challenges are. I feel I can help accomplish what needs to be accomplished.

Glen Girhiny:
Being a part of Council is something that has always interested me. I feel that there are some exciting changes coming to the community, from the possible development of industry and all the opportunities that come with this, to the growing interest in our community for all the recreation opportunities available. Being a part of Council will give me an opportunity to put the needs of our community and its residents first.
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Why do you believe you are qualified to serve as a member of Municipal Council? What experience do you have?

OS: I was a supervisor at the mines for around 13 years. I've run my own business in the Crowsnest Pass for the last 20 years. I've been around the Economic Development Committee for the last seven years and have chaired it for around three years. I've also been a member of the Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation and I was part of the group raising funds for our local hospital. I'm well connected in the Pass for close to 40 years. I've connected to the people, I know the people quite well and I feel I'm a good fit for it.

GG: The only qualification I have is the experience I’ve gained from being in this community my whole life. Being born and raised here, I have experienced the ups and downs of the area. I have experienced the life of working in the local mines, to the challenges of owning and operating a business in a small community. These experiences have given me a broader view of what is needed in this community to make it an even better place to call home.

What are your thoughts on some of the main topics surrounding the community right now? Specifically mining and housing?

OS: I strongly believe that we can work with industry and tourism because they are both very valuable to this community. I think we can work together respectfully and create a place that everybody wants to be in the Pass. As for the housing, when industry comes, the builders come. I'm not too concerned about housing now. I'd be more concerned about affordable housing down the road for our service industry. I don't see that as a problem as of yet but I go back to my beliefs that if industry comes and the jobs are here, the builders and everybody will come.
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GG: The topic of mining coming back to the community is quite interesting. Personally I will always be in favour of the opportunity of some form of prosperity coming back to the valley. But this has to be done with a high level of respect for all parties involved. The environment as well as other users of the valley will also have to be willing to work together for a mutual and growing community that will benefit all involved. On the housing side, we need to start the conversation about development in all aspects of this. Low cost housing for both the low income and senior population is something that is missing here. But again, this conversation would be better if we have some prosperity back in the valley.

Anything else you'd like to say to the community ahead of the by-election?

OS: I'd like the people of the Crowsnest Pass to please get out and vote. I don't want the seat if the people don't want me there. If the people would get out and vote, let me know that you're supporting me and I'll be just like everybody else. I'll be a voice in the Crowsnest Pass, I'll be a voice for the people and I know I can do that respectfully and hopefully get something accomplished.

GG: Personally, I can’t think of a better place to have spent my life. There has always been one constant in the Pass, change. Hopefully the opportunities that we have in the community today will establish themselves and we can grow this community into an even better place to attract development and growth.
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